Of the 12 men celebrating their 50th anniversaries as priests this year, eight were ordained to the priesthood on May 28, 1966 at St. James Pro-Cathedral, Downtown Brooklyn, by Archbishop Bryan J. McEntegart.
The details of the other jubilarians’ ordinations are included in their biographies. Here are brief biographies of the golden jubilarians:
Father John Amann, pastor emeritus of Holy Family parish, Canarsie, will celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving on Sunday, May 22, at 12:45 p.m.
Born in Jamaica, he attended St. Margaret’s School, Middle Village; Bishop Loughlin M.H.S., Fort Greene; Cathedral College, Brooklyn; and St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore, Md.
He served as an assistant at St. Bernard’s, Mill Basin, 1966-70; St. Gregory the Great, Crown Heights, 1970-761; St. Bonaventure, Jamaica, 1971-76; St. Fidelis, College Point, 1976-79; and St. Rose of Lima, Rockaway Beach, 1979-84.
He was pastor of St. Gertrude, Far Rockaway, 1984-90; St. Catherine of Sienna, Springfield Gardens, 1990-2002; and Holy Family, Canarsie, 2002-14.
He continues to reside and serve at Holy Family.
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Father Joseph R. D. Bruno was born in Terrier Rouge, Haiti. He completed his primary and secondary studies from 1944 to 1959 at the elementary school administered by the Sisters of Oblates of Mary in Terrier Rouge and College Notre Dame in Cap-Haitien.
In 1959, he entered the Major Seminary of Notre Dame in Port-au-Prince.
He was ordained May 19, 1966 at the Cathedral Basilica of Notre Dame de l’Assumption, Cap-Haitien by Bishop. A. F. Cousineau.
He served as a parochial vicar in numerous parishes in the north of Haiti, 1966-73, and as a pastor, 1973-2007. He retired to the U.S. in 2009, where he has served at St. Therese of Lisieux, East Flatbush, and for the past three years at Sacred Heart, Cambria Heights.
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Father Jesus Cuadros, pastor of Holy Family-St. Thomas Aquinas, Park Slope, since 2001, will celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving at the church.
Born in Bogota, Colombia, he attended the Instituto Latino Americano, Medellin, Colombia, and Universidad Javeriana, Bogota. He was ordained in Bogota on Nov. 20, 1966.
He arrived in the United States in 1976 and served as an assistant at St. Anthony-St. Alphonsus, Greenpoint, 1976-81; Our Lady of Sorrows, Corona, 1984-89; St. Leo, Corona, 1989-95; and Blessed Sacrament, Jackson Heights, 1995-2001.
He was incardinated into the Brooklyn Diocese in 1985.
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Father Robert Czok, who is retired and living in Rockaway Beach, will celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving at St. Anthony-St. Alphonsus Church, Greenpoint, on Sunday, May 22, at 12:30 p.m. A reception will follow in the parish cafeteria.
He also will celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving on Sunday, May 29, at 11 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, Rockaway Beach.
Born in Greenpoint and baptized in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Father Czok attended St. John Kanty Prep, Erie, Pa., and St. John’s University.
Drafted into the U.S. Army, he served as a chaplain’s assistant at Fort Benning, Ga. He then studied for the priesthood at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake, Mich.
He served as an assistant at SS. Cyril and Methodius, Greenpoint, 1966-73; St. Fortunata, East New York, 1973-74; St. John Cantius, East New York, 1974-82, and was administrator there from 1982 to 1985.
He also was an assistant at St. Martin of Tours-14 Holy Martyrs, Bushwick, 1985-86; St. Mary’s, Maujer St., Williamsburg, 1988-90.
He was pastor at SS. Cyril and Methodius, 1990-96; administrator at St. John Vianney, Flushing, 1996-98; and pastor at St. Anthony-St. Alphonsus, 1999-2012.
Since achieving senior priest status, he has been living at St. Rose of Lima rectory, Rockaway Beach.
Father Czok studied Spanish in Puerto Rico and Colombia and served at the diocesan mission in La Vega, Dominican Republic, 1998-99.
He also was president of the Greenpoint Clergy Association and a member of the East New York Clergy Association.
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Father John J. Garkowski, a senior priest who lives at Our Lady of Perpetual Help rectory, South Ozone Park, will celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving at the parish on Sunday, May 29 at noon. A reception will follow in the school hall.
Born in Brooklyn, he attended Bishop Loughlin M.H.S., and Cathedral College, both Brooklyn; St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore, Md.
He served as an assistant at St. Pancras, Glendale, 1966-76; St. Bartholomew, Elmhurst, 1976-96; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, South Ozone Park, 1997-2014.
He did graduate studies at Columbia University, Manhattan, and Loyola in Baltimore.
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Father John J. Gildea, who is a parochial vicar at St. Bartholomew, Elmhurst, since 2011, will celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving at the church on Sunday, May 29, at 10 a.m.
Born in Brooklyn, he attended Holy Name School, Park Slope; Power Memorial Academy, Manhattan; St. Peter’s College, Jersey City, N.J.; and Christ the King Seminary in Olean, N.Y.
He served as an assistant at St. Matthew, East New York, 1966-69; and was a member of the diocesan mission team in Paraguay, 1969-75 and 1981-84; and assistant at Holy Name, Park Slope, 1975-80; Blessed Sacrament, Jackson Heights, 1980; Our Lady of Fatima, Albuquerque, N.M., 1980-81; St. Pius X, Rosedale, 1984-85; and Our Lady of Fatima, Jackson Heights, 1999-2001.
He also was pastor at Our Lady of Loreto, East New York, 1986-89; Holy Family, 14th St., Park Slope, 1989-95; and served at the diocesan mission in San Isidro, Dominican Republic, 1995-98.
He was then was pastor at St. Martin of Tours, Bushwick, 1999; Sacred Heart, Fort Greene, 2001-07; and Our Lady of Mercy, Brownsville, 2007-11.
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Father John Harrington, a senior priest who resides at Our Lady of Mount Carmel rectory, Astoria, will celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving at the church on Sunday, May 22, at 2:30 p.m. A dinner will be held on the previous afternoon at Riccardo’s-by-the-Bridge, Long Island City, at 1 p.m.
Born in Brooklyn, he attended St. Thomas Aquinas School, Flatlands; St. Augustine’s H.S. in Park Slope; Maryknoll Junior Seminary, Maryknoll College; the Catholic University, Washington, D.C.; and Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, L.I.
He served as an assistant at Immaculate Conception, Astoria, 1966-79; and Visitation B.V.M., Red Hook, 1979-82.
He was pastor at St. Sylvester’s, City Line, 1982-88.
In 1988, he attended the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Calif., and resided at St. Joseph the Workman parish there. The following year, he was assigned to St. Michael’s, Flushing.
From 1994 to 1997, he served at the diocesan mission in Marion, Piedra Blanca, Dominican Republic.
He was pastor of St. Rita’s, Long Island City, 1997-2004; and at St. Joseph’s, Astoria, 2004-13.
From 2013 until 2015, he was administrator of St. Patrick, Long Island City.
Father Harrington has long been active in the Hispanic apostolates. He also did graduate studies at Catholic University, Ponce, Puerto Rico, and at St. John’s University, Jamaica.
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Msgr. Thomas J. Healy, who resides at St. Michael’s rectory, Sunset Park, will celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving at the church on Sunday, May 22, at noon.
A native of the Bronx, he attended Archbishop Molloy H.S., Briarwood; Cathedral College in Brooklyn; the Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, L.I.; and Catholic University, Ponce, Puerto Rico.
He served as an assistant at St. Paul, Court St., 1966-69; and Our Lady of Lourdes, Bushwick, 1969-72; and then was assigned to the Pastoral Care of the Sick Office serving as chaplain at Holy Family Hospital, Cobble Hill, 1972-74.
He later served as an administrative assistant at Catholic Medical Center, Jamaica, and as an assistant at St. John the Baptist, Orocovia, Puerto Rico, 1977-78.
He was an assistant at St. Gabriel’s, East New York, 1978-80.
In 1984, he was appointed as pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Bushwick, where he served until 1991. He became the administrator of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Corona, in 1991 and was named pastor there the following year. He retired last year.
He also served as chaplain at Bishop Kearney H.S. and Bishop Loughlin M.H.S., both Brooklyn.
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Father John P. Maloney, a senior priest who lives in Florida, celebrated with family and friends at a class Mass of thanksgiving in Douglaston on Sunday, May 15.
Born in Brooklyn, he was baptized in Holy Name Church, Park Slope, and attended Holy Name School, Manual Training H.S., Park Slope; Cathedral College, Brooklyn; and Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, L.I.
He served as an assistant at St. Virgilius, Broad Channel, 1966-75; St. Patrick’s, Bay Ridge, 1975-77; St. Gerard Majella, Hollis, 1977-82; St. Clement Pope, South Ozone Park, 1982-84; Good Shepherd, Marine Park, 1984-88; St. Robert Bellarmine, Bayside, 1988-94; St. Kevin, Flushing, 1994-2002; St. Helen, Howard Beach, 2003-05; and St. Frances Cabrini, Bath Beach, 2005-06.
He was the administrator of St. Virgilius from 2006 until 2009 when he retired.
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Father Robert P. Morales, pastor emeritus of Our Lady of the Cenacle parish, Richmond Hill, will celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving at the church on Sunday, June 26 at 11:30 a.m.
Born in Manhattan, he attended Cathedral College in Brooklyn; the Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, L.I.; and the American College at Louvain, Belgium.
He was ordained June 25, 1966 by Bishop Reid in Louvain.
He served as an assistant at Sacred Heart, Fort Greene, 1966; Holy Cross, Flatbush, 1966-80; St. Pancras, Glendale, 1980-91; and St. Thomas Apostle, Woodhaven, 1991-94.
In 1994, he was named administrator and in 2000 pastor of St. Mary’s, Maujer St., Williamsburg.
In 2004, he became pastor of Our Lady of the Cenacle, where he served until last year.
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Msgr. Robert Pawson, retired pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes parish, Queens Village, celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving at the church on Saturday, April 2.
Born in Queens, he attended Sacred Heart School, East Glendale; Cathedral College in Brooklyn, Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, L.I., and the Canisianum Seminary, Innsbruck, Austria.
He was ordained March 26, 1966 at St. Paul Apostle Church, Innsbruck, by Bishop Rusch.
He served as an assistant at St. Ann, Flushing, 1966; Fourteen Holy Martyrs, Bushwick, 1966-78; Queen of Angels, Sunnyside, 1978-82; and Blessed Sacrament, Jackson Heights, 1982-91.
He served as an Episcopal Vicar for Queens North, 1991-97.
He was pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes from 1997 until early 2016, when he retired.
He was named a monsignor in 1988.
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He attended Aviation H.S., Manhattan, and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1945. He served until 1954, seeing action in post-WW II Japan as well in the Korean War. He was decorated by both the U.S. and the Korean governments.
He attended the School of Modern Photography, Manhattan, and worked as a dye transfer agent for five years. Then he worked as a lithograph artist at Brett Lithography before entering Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg.
He later did post-ordination studies at Iona College, New Rochelle, and Princeton Theological Seminary.
He served as an assistant at St. Rita’s, East New York, 1966-77, and St. Gabriel’s, East Elmhurst, 1977-80.
In 1980, he was appointed as administrator of St. Benedict the Moor, Jamaica, and two years later he became pastor.
In 1993, he was appointed as chaplain at Mount St. Mary’s Cemetery, Flushing, while residing at Sacred Heart, East Glendale, where he assisted with parish ministry.